My old university used a picture of me on their degree apprenticeship prospectus, with the tag line “a degree without debt”. Even though I did a normal 4 year degree and am up to my eyes in said debt.

My old university used a picture of me on their degree apprenticeship prospectus, with the tag line “a degree without debt”. Even though I did a normal 4 year degree and am up to my eyes in said debt.

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57 Replies to “My old university used a picture of me on their degree apprenticeship prospectus, with the tag line “a degree without debt”. Even though I did a normal 4 year degree and am up to my eyes in said debt.”

  1. Pay a lawyer a few hundred dollars and have them write a letter to the school. The letter should say that their marketing materials are misrepresenting your situation. Tell them that you did not give the school permission to use your photo in these materials. Send them a copy of your student loan bill. Tell them that you will settle this issue if they pay whatever you still owe.

    The school actually messed up here. While they may have had the legal right to use your photo, they don’t have the right to just make up a story about you. If the school is run by decent people, they will see that you have a point and offer to compensate you.

    And if they play hardball and say “you signed a photo release” ask them to produce it. They may have a hard time finding the actual, original release form. And if they can’t find it, they’ll probably have no choice but to make a deal with you.

  2. You should start robbing banks. If you get away with it, you’ll be debt free. If you get caught, they’ll definitely stop using your picture in their literature, and you won’t have to worry about student loans in prison. Soblem prolved!

  3. Congratulations on being really, really, ridiculously good looking. Use that and this swag to score with the ladies. (Or dudes. Or both. Or whatever you are into. I’m not here to judge.)

  4. Gee, I’d seriously consider suing them.

    They have presented your image. If they had permission to do so, then they are okay on that point.

    But they have presented you attached to a lie. Did you sign something saying that it was okay for them to connect you with a lie? This, you should argue, can damage your present and future reputation.

    Your suit should be to demand that they repair the damage to your reputation the ONE way it can be repaired: they can make the statement true. They can pay off your debts. IN FREAKING FULL.

    Furthermore, they should be punished for misrepresenting themselves and you. The punishment should be monetary in nature, some for you and some for scholarships for other students.

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